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Bramble and Maggie Spooky Season
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Jessie Haas has always loved horses and has written more than thirty books, most of them about horses, including the first two books about Bramble and Maggie. She says, "Horses love pretending to be scared, just like us, and fall is the perfect season for that. Why do they call it fall?" Jessie Haas lives in Vermont with her husband, writer Michael J. Daley; her horse; two cats; a dog; and a hen. Alison Friend is the illustrator of the first two Bramble and Maggie stories and several other children's books, including Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root and What Color Is Caesar? by Maxine Kumin. Alison Friend lives in England.

Jessie Haas has always loved horses and has written more than thirty books, most of them about horses, including the first two books about Bramble and Maggie. She says, "Horses love pretending to be scared, just like us, and fall is the perfect season for that. Why do they call it fall?" Jessie Haas lives in Vermont with her husband, writer Michael J. Daley; her horse; two cats; a dog; and a hen. Alison Friend is the illustrator of the first two Bramble and Maggie stories and several other children's books, including Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root and What Color Is Caesar? by Maxine Kumin. Alison Friend lives in England.

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Transitioning readers enamored with horses will be happy to immerse themselves in the third title of the Bramble and Maggie series, in which Maggie and her horse learn to cope with real and imagined fears. ... Haas keeps descriptive language succinct while integrating entertaining dialogue. Friend's gouache illustrations ably depict Bramble's expressions of alarm and stubborn persistence, humorously extending the text. This well-crafted horse story explores the themes of friendship and facing fears for those getting ready to move on from early readers.
--Kirkus Reviews

Children needn't be horse lovers to enjoy this gentle story in which each character overcomes fears with a little help from her friend. Fans of the Bramble and Maggie series will love getting to know another side of these lovable characters. As warm, affectionate, and amusing as the story, Friend's gouache illustrations have a charm all their own. An original Halloween story for newly independent readers or for reading aloud to younger children.
--Booklist Online Clear, lively prose and soft, expressive gouache illustrations combine for a Halloween friendship story.
--The Horn Book Maggie and her horse, Bramble, are back in another beginning chapter book. ... Softly colored gouache illustrations illuminate expressions and follow the action from a variety of perspectives and have appropriate visual clues and generous white space for younger readers. Dialogue, Maggie's occasional reflections, and a bit of onomatopoeia allow the narrative text to flow nicely as a trusting relationship develops between horse and rider. A solid addition for general purchase.
--School Library Journal With pictures on every page, the book is highly accessible to newer readers but also offers somewhat of a challenge with length and vocabulary. The duo is appealing and the plot is engaging because of the humor and adventure.
--Reading Today Online

Transitioning readers enamored with horses will be happy to immerse themselves in the third title of the Bramble and Maggie series, in which Maggie and her horse learn to cope with real and imagined fears. ... Haas keeps descriptive language succinct while integrating entertaining dialogue. Friend's gouache illustrations ably depict Bramble's expressions of alarm and stubborn persistence, humorously extending the text. This well-crafted horse story explores the themes of friendship and facing fears for those getting ready to move on from early readers. --Kirkus Reviews Children needn't be horse lovers to enjoy this gentle story in which each character overcomes fears with a little help from her friend. Fans of the Bramble and Maggie series will love getting to know another side of these lovable characters. As warm, affectionate, and amusing as the story, Friend's gouache illustrations have a charm all their own. An original Halloween story for newly independent readers or for reading aloud to younger children. --Booklist Online Clear, lively prose and soft, expressive gouache illustrations combine for a Halloween friendship story. --The Horn Book Maggie and her horse, Bramble, are back in another beginning chapter book. ... Softly colored gouache illustrations illuminate expressions and follow the action from a variety of perspectives and have appropriate visual clues and generous white space for younger readers. Dialogue, Maggie's occasional reflections, and a bit of onomatopoeia allow the narrative text to flow nicely as a trusting relationship develops between horse and rider. A solid addition for general purchase. --School Library Journal With pictures on every page, the book is highly accessible to newer readers but also offers somewhat of a challenge with length and vocabulary. The duo is appealing and the plot is engaging because of the humor and adventure. --Reading Today Online

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